On the fourth day of Research Week, Dr. Billy J. Evans delivered a presentation entitled: “A Mossbauer Spectroscopic Investigation of Magnetism in Mesoamerica: The Enigma of a Modern Technology in a Formative Society” in the Jenkins Science Center.
Dr. Evans is a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in solid state inorganic chemistry and crystal physics from the University of Chicago. His research interests include the electronic structure and properties of solids, particularly magnetic materials and solid state chemistry. He is keenly interested in teacher-learner interactions and the power of mentoring. He was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson and Alfred P. Sloan Foundations and a special fellow of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation. Dr. Evans also received the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. This year he was a recipient of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring which cites extraordinary accomplishments in mentoring students from underrepresented groups.